Carbon markets

UNFCCC Side Event: Protecting human rights in international carbon markets

Watch the recording of the event here Time and venue: May 1st, 16.45 – 18.15, Bonn Climate Change Conference / World Conference Center, Kaminzimmer This side event focused on measures to uphold the rights of local stakeholders affected by climate mitigation projects in the context of the negotiations on the Sustainable Development Mechanism (SDM), with considerations…

1 May 2018

Action
1 Apr 2016

Take-off Toolkit: Acting on Aviation Emissions

Background In October this year, member countries of the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) will decide what role the aviation sector should play in tackling climate change. As this will be the first important milestone in tackling aviation emissions, civil society must play a decisive role in lobbying for stringent rules, ambitious targets, and…

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Briefings
22 Dec 2015

Paris outcomes: Carbon Market Watch Analysis of COP 21

From 30 November to 12 December 2015, Parties to the UNFCCC met in Paris to negotiate a new global climate treaty.

The Paris Agreement was a remarkable outcome, especially after the failures of Copenhagen. Almost all involved, including Carbon Market Watch, seemed surprised at how positive the outcome was. However, expectations had been carefully managed in the preceding years, so that aspirations of environmentalists to have a treaty that reflected the scientific reality by dividing up the remaining global carbon budget, had been downplayed into unreality.

Briefings
20 Nov 2015

Recommendations related to the role of carbon markets in the Paris Agreement

Only very few countries have outlined in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) that they will use international trading as a means to help achieve their climate goals. However, despite the limited role of markets expressed by most industrialised countries in their INDCs, such as the EU and the US, the political reality regarding domestic carbon pricing schemes looks different: jurisdictions responsible for 40% of the global economy have already implemented carbon pricing mechanisms.

28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #11: ”The Geneva Pledge: bridging the gap of knowledge between the climate negotiations and the Human Rights Council”

During the Geneva session of climate negotiations held in February 2015, 18 countries made a joint pledge to extend the integration of human rights in the climate change regime by including human rights expertise in their climate delegations. This initiative offers an opportunity to support the inclusion of references to human rights in the Paris 2015 climate agreement.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! Lettre d’Information ONG #11: ”Mise à jour des informations de la lutte du M. 10.”

Le 9 février 2015, l’Autorité nationale de l’environnement (ANAM) a suspendu la construction du projet de barrage hydroélectrique de Barro Blanco pour une durée provisoire. Les communautés ont accepté la proposition du Gouvernement à ouvrir un dialogue tripartie (Gouvernement, entreprise et communautés affectées), et ont alors constitué les commissions qui allaient les représenter. Depuis lors, 5 réunions ont eu lieu lors desquelles ont été abordés les thèmes culturels et religieux, ainsi que l’état de conservation actuel des pétroglyphes (menacés par l’inondation qu’entraînera le barrage) et des autres découvertes archéologiques mises au jour dans la zone du barrage.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #11: ”How not to conduct an inspection: US Ex-Im visit to the Sasan coal power project”

The numerous complaints against this project of one of the biggest private corporate groups of India – Reliance ADAG, include serious human rights violations, forcible displacements, highly inadequate compensations, intimidation by the police to affected communities, disappearance of demonstrating people, shifting injured workers out of the project site, violating contractual obligations to provide jobs and facilities to the displaced, unethical and inhuman labour practices, heavy pollution generated by the project activity, to only name the most severe impacts.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #11: ”Human Rights and the Clean Development Mechanism”

At COP 16, held in Cancún in 2010, it was emphasised that ’Parties should, in all climate change related actions, fully respect human rights‘. However, so far no further guidance has been specified. Our research published in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs shows that the lack of safeguards in the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) can lead to registration of projects that have severe impacts on human rights and suggests possible ways forward.

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28 Apr 2015

WATCH THIS! NGO Newsletter #11: Santa Rita hydro dam: ”A story of pain”

The Santa Rita hydro dam is a violation of the basic rights of native people. This project, supported by the State of Guatemala and the funds granted by the major banks of Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Netherlands and by the World Bank for the general development of the Q’ eqchi communities of the Dolores River, generated the consequences feared from the beginning: death, fear, populations displacement, expulsions and repression of the local communities.

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